Senior Mofan Lai has been named one of two recipients of the 2020 Johns Hopkins University President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award established in 1989 by former Johns Hopkins President Steven Muller to honor a graduating senior who has contributed extensively to the arts by service to the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities.
Noted for her “directorial command” and “technical expertise,” conductor Beth Willer will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as associate professor and director of choral studies in the fall 2020 semester. She succeeds Edward Polochick, who retires this spring after more than 40 years on the Peabody faculty. More…
This summer, voice master’s student Miranda Brugman, Thomas Swain (BM ’19, Voice), and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Theory Pedagogy) traveled to Haiti to teach at a summer music camp run by Holy Trinity Music School. In their time there, they directed the choir and taught private lessons.
Outcalls Band-Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice) and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble)-will be going on tour in October. The tour, called “Nothing Will Go Wrong,” will have stops in California October 5-11. For more information about venues, visit their site here.
The New York Times has highlighted a number of events that feature Peabody faculty and alumni in 10 Months of Classical Concerts You Won’t Want to Miss. Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, will sing the role of Maria in The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. So Percussion, with Eric Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion), will present a program called “A Century of Percussion” in December at Carnegie Hall.. The Times also highlights the “Composer Portraits” taking place at Columbia University which will feature Composition Faculty and Chair Oscar Bettison on February 20, 2020. The ensemble Cantata Profana will perform Composition Professor Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) On the Threshold of Winter in April, and will feature Associate Professor Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice).